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I have a data set that has values for a set of dates, but these dates don't have a regular interval (i.e. 1 Feb., 3 Feb., 15 Feb., 5 March) . So my question is: is there a package or other method to plot this easily?

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pst-plot provides such a requirement. – kiss my armpit Dec 31 '12 at 9:37

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A possible approach is the pgfplots package with the dateplot library.

Here is an example with fictitious data and the dates you provided in the question:

\pgfplotsset{compat=1.7} % with TeXLive updated this is the current version; use the one you have installed
\usepackage{filecontents}% to generate fictitious data
date incoming
2012-02-01 1500
2012-02-03 1275
2012-02-15 1480
2012-03-03 1600

  date coordinates in=x,
  xticklabel style={rotate=-45,font=\footnotesize},
  stack plots=y,
  ylabel=Total incoming,
  ylabel style={yshift=10pt},
\addplot table[x=date,y=incoming] {data.dat};

The result:

enter image description here

For further details refer to section 4.20.2 Dates as Input Coordinates of the pgfplots manual.

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